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Vegetable Glycerine

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Excerpt from the book The ABC Herbal

Glycerine (or glycerol) is a natural component of all fats and oils. When fats are digested in the body, they are broken down into fatty acids and glycerine. Hence, glycerine is a non-toxic, natural food substance. It is also a good solvent of herbal constituents and a preservative. To top it off, glycerine is also sweet tasting but does not cause blood sugar problems.

Because glycerine is slightly sweet, it helps mask the disagreeable taste of many herbs. Other most pleasant tasting herbs are actually delicious when prepared in glycerine. So, by carefully, selecting herbs for both taste and efficacy, it is possible to make herbal preparations which not only work, but taste great. That way, you don't have to fight your children to have them take them.

You can make a simple, herbal glycerite by simmering herbs in a mixture of 60% glycerine and 40% purified water for two to three hours. We have generally used about 1/4 cup of cut and sifted, dried herbs per 1 cup of glycerine/water solution. When you strain this solution, bottle it and store it in a cool, dark place. It retains its effectiveness for two to three years.

This is pure 100% USP food grade vegetable glycerine (glycerin). It is used in cosmetics and body care products to assist in retaining moisture and is helpful in pulling oxygen into the skin. Vegetable glycerine is a natural emollient that adds a cooling effect on the skin and has become a predominant ingredient in most skin care products and soaps. Vegetable glycerine is also the principal medium for the manufacturing of non-alcohol based herbal extracts, which are called glycerites. This makes for a sweet alcohol free extract that can be easily administered to children, animals and those with alcohol sensitivities. Certified and suitable for food and cosmetic use.

Vegetable Glycerine is a clear, colorless, and odorless liquid with an incredibly sweet taste having the consistency of thick syrup. It is used as an agent in cosmetics, toothpaste, shampoos, soaps, herbal remedies, pharmaceuticals, and other household items. Because it is soluble in both, water and alcohol, its versatility is a major benefactor in its purported growth and popularity within the manufacturing sector. It is invaluable as a natural source ingredient with emollient like properties which can soften and soothe the skin and it assists the outer epidermis in retaining moisture. This helps to explain why it is one of the most popular cosmetic additives used today.

Other uses include its solvency action which aides herbalists in extracting botanical properties from plant materials without the use of alcohol. This is especially helpful for those with alcohol sensitivities as most liquid herbal extracts contain alcohol. But given its severely limited shelf life, extracts made from Vegetable Glycerine typically have a shelf life of 14-24 months whereas alcohol extracts can have an extended shelf life of 4-6 years.

Vegetable Glycerine: Clear sweet and odorless liquid. Glycerine is a naturally occurring by product of soapmaking. It is believed that glycerine helps the skin remain moisturized by drawing moisture to it.

You can make a liquid sweetener by adding Stevia extract to Vegetable Glycerine. This is not recommended for diabetics because it may effect the blood sugar levels.

Vegetable Glycerine is a sweet substance typically obtained from palm or coconut oils. It is an alternative to alcohol for preserving herbal tinctures.


This glycerine is USP grade with verified purity. It is generated exclusively from vegetable-based sources and has many uses. Product Code #956 CAS NUMBER 56-81-5

Specifications: Methods:
Assay, % 99.5 (Min) USP25
Color (APHA) 10 (Max) AOCS Ea 9-65
Ash Content, % 0.01 (Max) AOCS Ea 2-38
Moisture, % 0.5 (Max) AOCS Ea 8-58
Specific Gravity @ 25°C 1.2490 (min) AOCS Ea 7-50
Refractive Index @ 46°C 1.4650 to 1.4675 ASTM D1218
Heavy Metals, ppm 5.0 (max) USP 231
Sulfates, ppm 20 (Max) USP 221
Chloride, ppm 10 (Max) USP 221
Chlorinated Compounds, ppm 20 (Max) Attached
Fatty Acids & Esters 1.0 (Max) (mL 0.5N NaOH) Attached
Organic Volatile Impurities, % 1.5 (Max) Method IV (467)

Nutritional Data: Calories (per 100 grams) 432

Applications: Pharmaceuticals, lubricants, soaps, lotions, manufacturing of plastics, food ingredients, coatings and preservatives.

Storage and Shelf Life: Store at 65 to 75°F in a dry and odor-free environment for a minimum shelf life of 12 months in unopened containers.

This information represents typical values and is presented as accurate and reliable; however, no warranty either expressed or implied is made.

From Our Reading and/or Experience...

  • We use this glycerine to make all our glycerites (extracts / tinctures). Of course, it can be used in many other types of remedies, such as, lotions, hair products, soaps, etc.
  • Glycerine can be used to benefit anyone: men, women (including before, during or after pregnancy, and nursing), children and animals.
  • It can be used as often as you would like, and in any way you choose.
  • Glycerine should be stored in a dark, dry, and cool place.
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Product Reviews

  1. I am a loyal customer

    Posted by LP on 24th May 2014

    2nd order received, as the 1st, speedy delivery,,,, professional service and definitely a quality product. thanks.

  2. Excellent product

    Posted by amy j (ameena) on 5th Feb 2014

    I am getting into the DIY remedies for health of my massage and Reiki clients plus the family and friends. I make my own tinctures and have been using alcohol, but since many people especially children are sensitive, I purchased this product, with its exceptional grade quality.
    Its so good to know there are ethical products that you can trust without question, as eveything I have purchased from MTA is top shelf!

  3. Exceptional product

    Posted by Vernett on 18th Jan 2014

    I use this glycerin to make my herbal extracts and many other things. It is a great product and of the very best quality. An added plus is the reasonable shipping costs and the quick delivery. Thanks for all of the wonderful products! I have ordered from you three times before and every time I receive the same exceptional service and product.


    Posted by JUSTIN on 2nd Nov 2013


  5. veggie glycerine

    Posted by LP on 16th Oct 2013

    Product received in excellent condition and speedy delivery. Very satisfied and will definitely be a return customer, for this and other interesting items. Thank you.

  6. Thank you for carrying pure glycerine!

    Posted by Angel on 15th Oct 2013

    I will be making my first glycerites soon, and recently I went to some local pharmacies for them to order some pure glycerine for me (like ABC Herbal recommends doing). They almost ordered it until I asked them if they could make sure it was 100% pure vegetable glycerine. The pharmacist looked and told me that it was synthetic. Was I glad that I asked!! I came here and 'lo and behold', here you have exactly what I need, with different 'bigger' sizes, at just the right price.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! You will be receiving more orders from me in the future....please continue to provide this "rare item"...because it really is!! God's Blessings!

  7. Glycerin for soft clothes

    Posted by Rebecca W. on 13th Oct 2013

    I read somewhere years ago that you could make fabric softener from glycerin; the recipie had called for 1 cup glycerin per 1 gallon of distilled water. Several years later I actually tried this, only I used my well water from the tap rather than distilled. I also added several drops of essential oils, both for the scent and for the anti-bacterial and cleaning property of the oils. Lavender, lemon, jasmine, etc all work great. In allergy season, I add eucalyptus to kill dust mites. Now when I run out of this, I am dissatisfied by store bought products. It works great, does not upset my skin, and I know the environment appreciates it, too!

  8. Thank you for carrying glycerine!

    Posted by Amanda on 13th Oct 2013

    This is a handy place to order it from! I am going to make some glycerites in my crockpot and some cold'glycerites with the gallon I ordered!

  9. Great stuff

    Posted by Mike O on 11th Oct 2013

    As a CMT I use it for all my massages and my clients love it! There skin feels so soft after the massage and can last several days! I add essential oils to each clients preference.

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